KE7019 - Risk Management

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What will I learn on this module?

Risk is a key concept in the modern world and operates at a series of levels that include global risks such as climate change and security, and at an organisational level in terms of external and internal factors which affect whether an organisation will meet its objectives. Risk also relates to individuals and the environmental hazards that affect us in our daily lives. In this module you will explore the concept of risks and tools for risk management and how they relate to safety at work and occupational health and risk as it applies to environmental exposure and protection You will develop an understanding of safety, hazards and risks, explore the methodologies for predicting risks. You will also develop an understanding of risk perception and be able to review and apply models for risk management and safety management systems e.g. HS(G)65), PDCA and Demings/Shewarts Quality Cycle.

You will begin by exploring the concepts of safety, risk, hazards and risk management in wider modern society, within organisations and within an occupational health context. You will go on to critically evaluate the nature and management of safety, health and environmental risks in an organisational and occupational health context. You will explore how risk perception and attitudes to risk can cause safety, health and environmental problems and influence the effectiveness of risk management and its wider business context e.g. setting or contributing to business strategy, aligning safety objectives to business objectives, and contributing to organisational learning and development.

You consider the role of planning in health and safety and designing for safety (HSE) and will gain practical experience in retrospective and predictive risk assessments applied these to case study situations (e.g. industrial fire hazards and incidents). You will evaluate risk management standards and methods as applied in the context of safety, occupational health and environmental risk. Concepts of chemical toxicology and testing (LD50, EC50, LOAEL and NOAEL), Material and Product Data Safety Sheets (MSDS & PSDS) and the Source – Pathway – Receptor model will be topics you explore. You will go on to evaluate possible solutions and individual mitigation strategies and the role of key actors in risk management and occupational health including workers, site engineers, and Safety Committees.

How will I learn on this module?

On this module you will learn in a variety of ways, lectures provide you with an introduction to key concepts, tools and methods, case studies and scenarios will allow you to test and apply these methods in a range of practical situations. Site visits and site audits will further allow you to develop a critical understanding of the application of these tools. Small group seminars and individual tutorials are designed to encourage you to critically evaluate the risk and occupational health management tools.

The module will be assessed by means of two coursework components. The first, a 1,500-word report, will allow you to examine in detail the potential health risks of suspected hazards while the second assessment will take the form of a 2,000-word risk assessment and outline occupation health and safety plan.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The eLP site will provide you with access to all lecture material and supporting directed readings and case study material. Seminars and tutorials will provide you with the opportunity to discuss your individual learning and help you in developing your assessments. Staff teaching on the module have an open door policy during normal working hours and are responsive to communication via e-mail to support your learning.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MLO 1: Define and apply concepts of risk, hazards safety and uncertainty to practical safety, occupational health and environmental management situations and make justified recommendations.
• MLO 2: Evaluate the factors that affect perception of risk and risk identification in occupational health situations and develop strategies for communication risk and encourage behavioural change.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO 3: Identify and apply current English and international safety, occupational health and risk tools to environmental working conditions..
• MLO 4: Communicate risk and occupational safety information to key stakeholders in work situations

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MLO 5: develop deeper critical awareness of the role of ethics, health and safety and dimensions of risk in a business/work context.

How will I be assessed?

Your module will be assessed by two pieces of coursework:
1) A 1,500-word risk identification and communication report (worth 40% of module marks).
Students will be required to examine in detail the potential health risks from a serious industrial fire incident (selected from a provided list), within a source-pathway-receptor model context and write a report which communicates these hazards/risks to a target audience (MLOs 1, 2, 3 and 4).

2) A 2,000-word individual health risk/occupational health report and outline management strategy for an organisation of the student’s choosing (worth 60% of the module marks) (MLOs 1, 2, 4 and 5).

Throughout the semester students will lead a seminar in small groups focussing upon key concepts in health and safety management. The groups will receive detailed verbal feedback on their performance in these seminars.

Throughout the module students will also receive verbal feedback when participating in discussions and debates in class. There will also be the opportunity for in depth verbal feedback during the one to one tutorial.

Written feedback will be given to students individually on the summative assessments. Verbal feedback will also be provided during lectures and seminars by the module tutor.





Module abstract

The media often talks about a health and safety culture gone mad, but is that the case? In the modern business world what is the role of risk, hazards, occupational health and the management of these? In this module you explore how the concepts of risk, safety, hazards etc. apply in the workplace and how risk perception, risk communication and designing for safety can help and how they contribute to the effective running of organisations, improve safety and welfare of employees, the wider community and environment.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time
1 other options available

Department Geography and Environmental Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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